- National Academy coaches keeping close eye on talent
- Important for both coaches and players – Fletcher
John Fletcher, the RFU's Professional Player Development Manager, says that it's important to tap into England's talent pool as early as possible and to give the players the best coaching available.
Speaking at the London skills clinic for Under 16 players, Fletcher said: "All of the National Academy coaches are involved in these clinics [there are four across the country]. It's important for us and it's also important for the players. Between us we have a lot of experience and knowledge and the players deserve to be coached by the best."
Forwards coach Ian Peel added: "At this sort of age there is often a lot of positional change – so you might be looking at a No. 8 who could move to tighthead prop, which is what Dan Cole did at that age. It's about giving the guys some ideas and some skills to go away and work on and hopefully they'll take it into their county games before we look to pick them back up at Under 18 level."